Jilin University, established as the Northeast College of Administration in 1946, is located in Changchun, which is the capital city of the Jilin Province in northeast China.
Since the turn of the 21st century, the university has merged with a number of other higher education institutions including the Bethune Medical University, the Changchun Institute of Posts and Telecommunications, and the Jilin University of Technology. In 2004, the University of Military Logistics also became part of Jilin University.
It now has a total of seven campuses, which house 39 colleges, in six different districts. Jilin University is also home to six national key laboratories and 20 basic science labs.
Other facilities distributed across the campuses include basketball arenas, gymnasiums and facilities for tennis, table tennis, and volleyball. The university also has a 10,000-seat football and athletics arena called the Nanling Campus Stadium.
The institution offers a total of 129 undergraduate and 304 master’s courses across 13 academic areas, which include law, education, science, philosophy, medicine and literature. It also has some 244 doctoral programmes.
JLU’s library houses more than 5 million books and is a designated library of international organisations such as the World Bank, the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (Unido), and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco).
Alumni of the university include the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo, poet Wang Xiaoni, stand-up comedian Joe Wong, and archaeologist Li Long Lam. Zhu Guangya, who is a renowned Chinese nuclear physicist, was the first director of Jilin University’s Department of Physics.